TV Ratings Monday: 'House,' 'Smash,' 'Dancing' Rise; 'Gossip Girl,' 'Hart Of Dixie' Hit Lows

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April 24th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/8 2.7/7 2.2/6 1.7/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.6/5 1.8/5 1.0/3 1.6/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.786 15.162 6.897 6.319 3.868 1.114

The Voice was even with last week's 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, getting no boost from lack of CBS original competition.  At 10pm, Smash received a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% compared to last week's season/series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. With CBS in all repeats, NBC easily topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings.

Dancing with the Stars was up 3% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, after last week's 2.9 18-49 rating. 20/20: Dance Floor Confidential received a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating in a DWTS special, the same as the last new episode of Castle.

Bones was even with last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, and  House bounced up three tenths (15%) to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 2.0 rating .

Gossip Girl fell a tenth to a season low matching 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, compared to last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Hart of Dixie was also down a tenth, also matching its series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, April 24 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10p) 3.7 10 10.117
ABC Dancing With The Stars (8-10p) 3.0 8 17.270
FOX Bones 2.2 6 7.247
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 1.7 5 4.775
CW Gossip Girl 0.5 1 1.005
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.8 5 5.232
9:00PM FOX House 2.3 6 6.547
CBS Two And A Half Men -R 2.0 5 6.650
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.5 1 1.223
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 1.8 4 6.034
10:00PM ABC 20/20 DWTS special 2.1 6 10.948
NBC Smash 2.1 5 6.122
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.6 4 7.611

via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.7/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Max


    Quick question. Without spoiling anything as not to upset anyone, is it a soap type show with interesting storylines that make you want to watch weekly or is it more self contained type episodes with plots that begin and end over the course of an episode?

  • Emily

    @peter: I remember a 30 Rock promo during Smash. I can’t speak for The Voice, though.

  • Petar

    @Bill Gorman

    Is there any statistic or where can we find these numbers – how low this year CW is?(if is down off course) I mean like % for all shows? What i mean 2010-2011 X 2011-2012 Y and Y is even or up or down Z %!

  • Natalia

    @Big James
    Hart has too much southern sterotypoes to attract country people. It’s slightly offensive to them

  • TVDude

    Not bad for Smash. I don’t think CBS seems to have much impact on it. The networks seem to pull their own audiences for the most part. Smash is more reliant on The Voice’s strong performance.

  • Val

    My guess is that GG will once again drop below 1 mil viewers in the finals. Ouch.

  • Natalia

    here in Chicago, LA complex promo is everywhere. This morning the two major radio stations were promoting it. The commercial was quiet unique, witty and humorus. Reminded me of Gossip Girl promo/commercials. I expect at least .7 with a drastic fall to follow.

  • RyanCanada

    The LA Complex was already picked up for more episodes in Canada…

  • gary

    CW please cancel GG and hart of dixie is so pathetic

  • RyanCanada

    @Suzie i agree! i hate how they are trying to bring zoey and george together, everyone wants Zoey with Wade.

  • Natalia


    Fans knew this was Make it’s last season. The Lying Game was pulling .5 but according to Deadline they are close to renewing it. It was between Make It and Lying Game but fans knew it was Make It’s last chance really.

  • Wright

    I don’t really understand all the hatred towards the CW. Sure some of their shows are better than others, but TVD, SPN and TSC are good. If more viewers would stick to watching the shows instead of jumping ship when the ratings slid for fear of cancellation maybe there wouldn’t be a cancellation.

  • SmG

    CW W18-34 Ratings:

    GG: 1.0

    HOD: 0.9

  • Maya

    CBS did good considering the huge competition. Usually under a 1.8 should be considered weak for a CBS rerun but considering how strong DWTS and the voice r, I say CBS should be happy.
    I say M&M is the strongest show for cbs because the last half hour of DWTS and the voice gets the strongest numbers of the night. After M&M , the toughest spot is for 2.5 man, and after it, in this order ,2BG, HIMYM and H50 .
    Happy to see Smash recover. But I am sure NBC will premiere a new show next season after The Voice.

  • carole

    Why is CBS showing so many reruns.

  • tommy

    GG under a million in the finals again, hart of dixie sucks too

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman
  • salim

    is the cw really suprised that their shows are hitting low cos allof their shows aim onlyfor those between teens and 25. do u really see a 40yrd watrching the lacomplex or90210

  • SarahL

    Micheal and Tommy have seen tons of promotion for LA Complex so that eliminates lack of promotion as one Fan Bingo Excuse.

  • Dan

    @ carole

    “Why is CBS showing so many reruns.”

    So the remaining new shows can be on the air for sweeps.

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